It's been more than two years since THQ first revealed it had the license to make Ultimate Fighting Championship games. Befitting the mixed martial arts' Octagon-contained competition, the publisher has been appropriately "cagey" with details since. However, this week THQ finally confirmed some key specifics, announcing the release date, cover athletes, and complete roster for the long-awaited UFC 2009: Undisputed.
The first UFC game in more than five years will arrive on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 19. Although much of the game's promotion to date has focused on fighters such as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Chuck Liddell, Undisputed will arrive on American store shelves featuring Forrest Griffin, former light heavyweight champion and winner of the first season of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter. Meanwhile, Canadian UFC fans will be able to pick up the game fronted by Quebec native and current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
For more on the game, check out GameSpot's exclusive UFC interview. The full list of 80 fighters--with an additional two downloadable combatants available for those who preorder from specialty retailer GameStop--follows below.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Brandon Vera (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Wilson Gouveia (can switch to Middleweight)
Ryan Bader (downloadable content -- GameStop exclusive)
Anderson Silva (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Rich Franklin (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Dan Henderson (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Michael Bisping (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Martin Kampmann (can switch to Welterweight)
Amir Sadollah (can switch to Welterweight)
Matt Serra (can switch to Lightweight)
Mike Swick (can switch to Middleweight)
BJ Penn (can switch to Welterweight)
Sean Sherk (can switch to Welterweight)
Efrain Escudero (downloadable content -- GameStop exclusive)